History and Tour

History and Tour

Number 10 front door; Crown copyrightTour

Welcome to the 10 Downing Street tour - your chance to take a look behind the most famous front door in the world.

Take our interactive tour of 10 Downing Street

Cabinet

The cabinet room; Crown copyrightThe Cabinet is the committee at the centre of the British political system and is the supreme decision-making body in government. Every Tuesday during Parliament, Secretaries of State from all departments and some other ministers meet in the Cabinet room in Downing Street to discuss the big issues of the day.

Find out more about the Cabinet

History of the BuildingDowning Street in 1827; Crown copyright

Behind the quiet fa├žade of this famous black door lie many secrets. Number 10 has been the setting for violent riots, passionate protest and surprising activities. It has been the nerve centre of the British Government through two World Wars.

Read more history about 10 Downing Street

Prime Ministers in HistoryWinston Churchill; Crown copyright

To the present day 51 men and one woman have passed through the doors of Number 10 Downing Street as British Prime Minister. During this time an extraordinary range of characters have been handed the keys to one of the most famous front doors in the world.

Read more information on the History of Prime Ministers

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